Beyond the Bar

Where to go when you feel like doing more than just drinks

SO YOU WANT TO... Dance to live country music all night long

WHERE? The Roadhouse, 20 N Raymond Rd, Spokane Valley

DETAILS: Twirl your partner on the dance floor to live music, and refine your country swing and line dancing skills. In between songs, ride the mechanical bull, play sand volleyball (weather permitting) or mosey on over to a pool table.

WHEN, HOW MUCH? Dance lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays start at 7 pm ($5). The bar also hosts live music every Fri-Sat and offers free birthday bull rides.

ALSO TRY: Big City Saloon, downtown Spokane; Palomino Club, north Spokane

SO YOU WANT TO... Show off your word nerdiness

WHERE? Mootsy's, 406 W Sprague Ave, Downtown Spokane

DETAILS: Monday nights at this downtown favorite are a throwback to the good ol' elementary school days with a classic spelling bee. Just because drink specials are involved doesn't mean hosts go easy on the word difficulty.

WHEN, HOW MUCH? Be there before the event starts at 9 pm to sign up. It's free to play.

ALSO TRY: As far as we know, this is the only event of its kind.

SO YOU WANT TO... Relive your beer pong days

WHERE? The Hogfish Bar & Grill, 920 E Sherman Ave, Coeur d"Alene

DETAILS: Even though the cups are actually filled with water, draft beers are $3 and the winner gets a $25 bar tab. Don't forget to bring a partner!

WHEN, HOW MUCH? Free to play on Mondays starting at 9 pm.

ALSO TRY: Club 412, Downtown Spokane

SO YOU WANT TO... Become a sharp-shooting pool shark

WHERE? Rick's Ringside Pub, 921 W Garland Ave, North Spokane

DETAILS: If you don't go for the ping pong, darts, foosball, arcade games, pinball or Rick's working-class, laid back atmosphere and food, you probably go for this Garland District stalwart's pool tables. Work on your cue accuracy, perfect those fancy tricks, or play a friendly session with other locals.

WHEN, HOW MUCH? 50 cents/pool game; open daily until 2 am.

ALSO TRY: The Black Diamond and Bolo's Sports Bar & Grill, Spokane Valley

SO YOU WANT TO... Belt out those classic rock hits

WHERE? Studio K, 2810 E 29th Ave, South Spokane

DETAILS: Consider yourself lucky if you make it to this South Hill strip mall bar on a night when resident bartender Janice "J.J." White grabs hold of the mic. Known amongst regulars for her earth-shattering pipes, she'll get the whole bar on its feet when there's a lull on the sign-up sheet.

WHEN, HOW MUCH? Karaoke is offered Wed-Sun from 9 pm-1:30 am, and the house is usually packed on weekend nights.

ALSO TRY: Monterey Café, downtown Spokane; The Star Bar, Logan neighborhood; Iron Horse Bar & Grill, CdA

SO YOU WANT TO... Hang out for hours at the same spot and never get bored

WHERE? Litz's Bar & Grill, 204 E Ermina Ave, East Spokane

DETAILS: This longtime, near-GU bar has something new going on each day of the week, from food and drink specials to its popular free pool and shuffleboard. During warmer weather, Litz's massive patio bar also boasts a regulation size volleyball court. Owner Tammy Hull says people don't go to Litz's for any one event. "The biggest attraction is that it's like home. It doesn't matter who you are."

WHEN, HOW MUCH? The volleyball court is open from April to October; free pool and shuffleboard Sun-Mon. Check the bar's website for updated events and specials.

ALSO TRY: Webster's Ranch House Saloon, north Spokane

SO YOU WANT TO... Practice Your Poker Face

WHERE? Bolo's Sports Bar & Grill, 116 S. Best Rd, Spokane Valley

DETAILS: Kiss My Ace Texas Hold 'Em Poker nights at Bolo's have drawn poker enthusiasts for the past two years and continue to fill a couple of tables twice a week.

WHEN, HOW MUCH? Play for free every Wednesday and Friday night at 6 and 9 pm.

ALSO TRY: Hugos on the Hill and Northern Quest, Airway Heights

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About The Author

Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's Arts and Culture Editor and editor of the Inlander's yearly, glossy magazine, the Annual Manual. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...